Tour de France Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge

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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge.

The man they call the Manx Missile is hoping to add another moniker to his resume on Saturday: Tour de France Yellow Jersey wearer. And nothing would be sweeter than to do it in front of Mark Cavendish’s home country crowd. Indeed, Cav’s a Brit and this year’s Tour starts in Yorkshire, making the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider the popular pick to take stage 1, a (somewhat) sprinter-friendly affair that starts in Leeds and finishes 190.5km later in Harrogate, hometown of Cavendish’s mom.

Carrying Cavendish to the potentially glorious moment will be a custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge aero road bike. This size 49cm bike is built for speed. Along with the tiny frame size, the 5-foot-8 Cavendish runs a lengthy 140mm Zipp SL Sprint stem, which nets an ultra-low position, especially when he’s in the drops dashing for the final finish line. Take a look at the video and photo gallery below to see all the details of this speed machine that just might get a yellow makeover before too long.

Tour de France Gallery: Mark Cavendish’s custom painted Specialized S-Works Venge Gallery
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

The first thing that jumps out is the paint job. It's a custom McLaren green, which matches the color of Cav's car, a McLaren of course.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

It's also "signed" of course. This year Cavendish and Specialized partnered up to launch a line of apparel that includes jersey, shorts, gloves, helmet and shoes.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

SwissStop brake pads are mated with SRAM Red brakes.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Look closely and you'll spot the chain catcher that's ubiquitous on nearly all team bikes at this year's Tour.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

It's a bit of a mishmash with Specialzed cranks mated to SRAM chainrings and a Quarc power meter.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

SRAM Red 22 provides shifting a braking. Notice the subtle hints of "Cav" green in the bar tape.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Pedals are the ultra-light Look KEO Blade.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Shifting by SRAM. OPQS is one of just 3 teams in the 22-rider race running SRAM drivetrains.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

A much cleaner -- and more aero -- way to do spacers.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

The Zipp stem measures 140mm and is bomber stiff.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Cav's wheels, a pair of Zipp Firecrest 404s.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Might we be seeing a yellow version of this bike after stage 1. The host country is certain hoping so.
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Mark Cavendish’s Specialized S-Works Venge

Cav meets the media during the lead-up to the Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson
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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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